Dry Ice Smoke Puffs

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Halloween is the perfect time to break out the dry ice smoke. If you are not familiar with dry ice, it is actually available to buy by the pound at most grocery stores. I love experimenting with it. You buy it by the pound and then break off little chunks as needed. When dry ice is submerged in liquid, it creates a fabulous smoke effect. I have made spooky Halloween punch with it, but this time I was looking for something fun to do with my kids. I created an Dry Ice Smoke Puffs using everyday items found in the home!

This is a fun science experiment for your kids! With dry ice and a few simple ingredients you already have at home, you can make dry ice smoke puffers.

Dry Ice Smoke Puffs


  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic disposable drinking cup
  • scissors
  • rubberband
  • pen
  • quarter
  • Hot water
  • dry ice

How To Create Dry Ice Smoke Puffs

The best part about this fun DIY is that you probably already have all the materials in your house. Before you get started, make sure that when you are handling dry ice you use gloves or something to protect your hands. Dry ice should not be touched with your bare hands.

The first step is to trace the shape of your quarter on the bottom of the plastic cup. Next, cut around the lines to create a hole in the bottom.

Take a large piece of plastic wrap and fold it several times to create a thicker layer. Cut it so that it is about the size of the mouth of the cup. Using a rubber band, secure the plastic wrap tightly around the cup. Make sure this is very tight, you will be pouring water in it, so you want it to be leak proof.

Simply tap on the plastic wrap to create fun ice puffs


Take a chunk of the dry ice and place it through the hole that you cut using the quarter as your guide. Now you are ready to pour the hot water!

Slowly pour about 1/4 cup of hot water over the dry ice. When you see smoke, tip the cup to a slight angle and use your finger to tap gently in the center of the plastic wrap. A ring of dry ice smoke should puff out!


A fun thing to do is to tap the plastic wrap to a rhythm. The puffs will come out in various shapes and sizes and it is so delightful for kids to watch! If the smoke begins to dissipate simply add another dry ice chunk and some more hot water! It is so simple and fun. You can even create two and kids can blast each other with the ice smoke puffs!

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had two little ones; a 4 year old boy, and a 2 year old little girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.

One Comment

  • Min Yon says:

    Hi Leah,
    Great article, in my country, this is not about dry ice smoke puffs but also use to cook snake so many people in my country use this technique to make dragon snake and sell it in the street